Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 10

The Defector (1 Jan. 1990)

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When a Romulan officer defects to the Federation with a warning of a impending invasion, Capt. Picard struggles to decide if he is to be believed.

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Data was discovering the human condition by Shakespearian acting, when Picard gets informed a craft entered the Neutral Zone. It's identified as a Romulan scout, which claims to need urgently asylum from a persecutor. The wounded Setol gets it, and warns the Romulans nearly finished building a base on a planet in the Neutral Zone, in order to occupy it and from there strike 15 neighboring Federation zones with a fleet of war birds, which would mean another full war, but still remains rather defensive, at times hostile. Commander Riker and counselor Troi are charged with questioning him further, in case it's a ploy to lure them into the zone as a war pretext. The admiralty refuses the Empire's demand to return the defector, and orders Picard to find out if the threat is real. After technological means came to contradictory conclusions, Setol discloses his real identity, and that's not the last surprising twist... Written by KGF Vissers

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Episode begins with Data rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare's Henry V, while being watched by Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart. In the play scene the part of Williams (being acted by a holodeck construct) is also played by Patrick Stewart under heavy makeup. It is notable that only Bates, the one other character in the scene, is credited at the end of the episode. See more »

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Setol asks Data if the replicator can create a Romulan Ale, and Data gives a dissertation on the options available. It is a running gag in this series that Romulan Ale is prohibited in the Federation, so that various characters find loopholes around this ban in humorous ways. It is odd that the overly precise Data fails to mention the ban. See more »

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[Admiral Jarok has committed suicide]
Commander William T. Riker: [handing a data PADD to Picard] A letter to his wife and daughter.
Lt. Commander Data: Sir, he must have known it would be impossible for us to deliver it.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Today, perhaps. But if there are others with the courage of Admiral Jarok, we may hope to see a day of peace when... we can take his letter home.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Enemy (1989) See more »

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On the Brink of War!
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A Romulan renegade is rescued from a scout ship and immediately offers the Enterprise a warning. The Romulans are gathering on an outpost on a planet in the Neutral Zone, he says, and it is up to Picard to believe him. He says he is not a traitor but he doesn't want a war. Most of the episode involves the testing of his information. These guys are the true bad guys of the universe and have vanquished many, including the killing of Worf's family. Eventually, Picard recognizes that inaction could be worse than action and proceeds to the "location" of the outpost. The strength of this offering is that it is not unlike an episode of "The West Wing" where there is political brinkmanship. Picard even asks Data to maintain a record of these events because he would be the only likely survivor of a full battle, to show how it all came about and how it ended. The episode is worth watching just to see Picard face off against the Romulans' captain. A very intelligent show with no easy answers.


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